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China Has Banned Winnie the Pooh Once Again

China Has Banned Winnie the Pooh Once Again

Winnie The Pooh has been censored online in China after comparisons were made between the cute Disney bear and President Xi Jinping, it has been reported.

No official explanation was given, but the FT cited observers who said the crackdown may be related to past comparisons of the physical appearance of President Xi Jinping to the fictional bear.

It appears that Xi Jinping has failed to see the humor in these comparisons.

It's also claimed that GIFs featuring the Hundred Acre Wood bear have also been removed from WeChat, a messaging service used by 889 million people in the country.

The following year, the ironic interludes resumed the joke by publishing a photo of Chinese President and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, compared to an image in which Winnie the Pooh gathered a hoof of Eeyore, the little ass from the same cartoon.

Searches for the "Little Bear Winnie" - as Pooh is called in China - returned the error message "content is illegal".

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"Poor little Winnie. What did this adorable honey-loving bear ever do to provoke anyone?" one Weibo user wrote, according to Sky.

"Historically, two things have not been allowed: political organising and political action".

In 2013, a similar ban on the children's character was imposed after a photograph of President Xi and former US President Barack Obama was compared to an image of Pooh and his friend Tigger.

The ban is the latest in China's online censorship that has allegedly been tightened in the lead-up to the country's 19th Communist Party Congress this fall, according to the Financial Times.

"But this year a third has been added to the list: talking about the president".


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